Bedford searches appear to be part of larger investigation

On Friday, was the first to report after Bedford Law Director Ken Schuman's home and law offices were searched.

As we work to confirm precisely why Schuman's home and offices were searched, what's becoming increasingly apparent is that those searches are part of a larger investigation.

On Friday, BCI and Bedford police assisted the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office in those searches. Officers ended up breaking Schuman's door down.

One witness says investigators left with a laptop computer.

Normally, those search warrants would be public record.

This one, however, was not.

Channel 3 questioned Attorney General Mike DeWine, who said he could not comment about that specific case, but he confirmed that generally search warrants are only sealed when they are part of an ongoing investigation or when charges are on the way.

Also, on Nov. 7, county Prosecutor Tim McGinty addressed Cuyahoga County Council, saying, "You've seen a couple of recent massage-parlor brothel-type operations we've shut down. And there will be some corruption arrests coming out of those shortly."

That statement came on the heels of a bust in Bedford when 71-year-old James Walsh was indicted on charges of money laundering and promoting prostitution.

The September raid turned up extensive financial records for hundreds of clients, some of whom paid with credit cards. Investigators have been working to identify those clients ever since.

Schuman is currently on medical leave from the city of Bedford.

Meanwhile, repeated attempts to contact him for comment have been unsuccessful.


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